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Josh Rawlings

Pianist, keyboardist, composer and vocalist Josh Rawlings is a breath of fresh air on the Seattle music scene. He has been compared to a young Herbie Hancock based on his passionate playing in numerous Funk, Soul, R&B, Pop, and award-winning Jazz groups. Josh is forging new musical directions as he blends improvisation with traditional jazz and energizing percussive keyboarding that connects and uplifts his listeners. “It’s about the experience and finding that unifying element with the people around you,” Josh explains, “We are re-tying our roots to the healing, connective and celebratory nature of music – this is why we became musicians in the first place.” With a growing portfolio of feature performances, Josh and his groups have played Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, Triple Door, Jazz Alley and the Earshot & Bellevue Jazz Festivals

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

D'Vonne Lewis: It's About the Love

Read "D'Vonne Lewis: It's About the Love" reviewed by Paul Rauch

On the Seattle jazz scene, no musician is more visible than drummer D'Vonne Lewis. Whether he is touring and playing with his band Industrial Revelation, leading his flexible and innovative combo, D'Vonne Lewis Limited Edition, or playing as a sideman on multiple projects around town, Lewis brings to the bandstand a remarkable versatility, and musical identity ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jason Parker Quartet: Five Leaves Left

Read "Five Leaves Left" reviewed by Greg Simmons

For its fourth album, the Jason Parker Quartet takes a sharp departure from its previous three efforts. Rather than simply cutting another solid straight-ahead quartet date, trumpeter Parker has added vocalist Michele Khazak, and multi-woodwind blower Cynthia Mullis, to reinterpret an entire folk-pop album: Nick Drake's Five Leaves Left (Island Records, 1969). Despite being far outside ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jason Parker Quartet Releases "Five Leaves Left: A Tribute To Nick Drake" On March 29th

Jason Parker Quartet Releases "Five Leaves Left: A Tribute To Nick Drake" On March 29th

J&J Music announces the release of the new CD from the Jason Parker Quartet: Five Leaves Left: A Tribute To Nick Drake. The music will be released digitally on March 29th, with CD's to follow at the end of April on Seattle's Broken Time Records. The JPQ chose to pay tribute to the legendary singer/songwriter by ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Jason Parker

Read "Take Five With Jason Parker" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Jason Parker:Seattle trumpeter Jason Parker leads the Jason Parker Quartet, who will release their second CD on October 24, 2009 on Broken Time Records. No More, No Less features some of Seattle's finest young jazz musicians. Stream and download now at Jason Parker's website.Instrument(s):Trumpet.Teachers and/or influences?

NEWS: CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN

Jason Parker Quartet to Record Tribute to Nick Drake via Kickstarter

Jason Parker Quartet to Record Tribute to Nick Drake via Kickstarter

The Jason Parker Quartet, one of Seattle's up-and-coming jazz bands, is heading into the studio on December 26th to record a tribute to Nick Drake. “Five Leaves Left: A Jazz Tribute to Nick Drake" is a unique concept in that it is a remaking, song by song, of the British singer-songwriter's debut album. Rather than take ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Earshot Jazz Festival 2010, Part 1

Read "Earshot Jazz Festival 2010, Part 1" reviewed by Nathan Bluford

Earshot Jazz FestivalSeattle, WAOctober 15-November 7, 2010 Part 1 | Part 2 Now in its 22nd year, the 2010 edition of Seattle's Earshot Jazz Festival presented audiences with a healthy mix of local musicians from Seattle and the greater Pacific Northwest in addition to the performers that made the ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Video From The Jason Parker Quartet's Nick Drake Tribute

Video From The Jason Parker Quartet's Nick Drake Tribute

This past Friday, the Jason Parker Quartet debuted 8 new arrangements of tunes from Nick Drake's debut album “Five Leaves Left". Jason Parker, Josh Rawlings, Evan Flory-Barnes and D'Vonne Lewis were joined by Cynthia Mullis on tenor and Michele Khazak on vocals. They played to a standing-room-only crowd at Lucid Jazz Lounge, culminating a two-year process ...


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